We explore the best collections from London Men’s Fashion Week SS16, Day 4.
Day four at London Men’s Fashion week embodied a consistentÂ theme of change. We saw designers stepÂ out of their comfort zones Â and force others out of theirs as well. The mood was nostalgic with each moment reflecting the sensations of a past time period. We journeyed throughÂ generations and found ourselves in the present, just as fashion always does.
“Strait Laced” was the name of Christopher Bailey’s Spring/Summer 16 collection. Directly referencing the cuts of the suits paired with delicate lace tops, Bailey presented an ironic take on masculine meets couture. The designer teamedÂ up with small artisan lace shops to craft the perfect lace fabric for this collection, a timely process that ultimately paid off. The lace paired perfectly with the suiting and outwear updating the brand with a playfully eclectic yet dandy look.
Tiger of Sweden
The brand popularly known for its sleek skinny suits , Tiger of Sweden, is altering its aesthetics just a bitÂ when it comes to tailoring. Since skinny mayÂ no longer in, Tiger of Sweden debuted suits that were inspired by Greece. We saw Loose fitting, shawl-neck collars on blazers, trackstyle trousers, denim and knits.
Tautz journeyedÂ back to the 50s for his Spring Summer ’16 collection. Channeling a post war era with a subtle color palette of grays, hints of pale pinks, marine blues and cherry reds. The collection put us in a somber yet ironically inspired mood. Roomy field trousers, loose cargos, parkas, and gingham safari suit left us with old world meets a Brave new world vibes.
Similar to Grant, Katie Eary chose to channel the 1950s, but more so in Â a my ‘My Little Pony-esque’ kind of way hinting at youthful sexuality, something that was repressed during that time period. Backstage, the designer spoke of Elvis and how powerfully moving he was during the time period with his “Youthful innocence yet many found his sexuality to be threatening”. The collection’s seemingly seductive color palette brought images of Las Vegas to mind,Â Â full of vibrant ombre colors, vibrant printing on shirts, and boxer shorts peeking out from trousers to signify teenage rebellion.